You won’t be surprised to hear that, due to the escalating seriousness of the threat posed by corona virus, we have decided to postpone all NWTN events until the situation settles down. Realistically, this means until the autumn. It’s very disappointing, as a lot of people have put a lot of work into organising these events, but we find ourselves in a national emergency.
The first casualty is this Saturday’s Boost Day. We did look into the possibility of running it as a webinar (thanks Kat S and Katell) but decided in the end this was not a viable option, partly because none of the speakers was keen on this idea. We hope to run it again in October.
Sadly, we are also going to have to postpone the Creative Writing workshop in April and – even worse – our flagship 35th anniversary dinner event in May. Hopefully these too will take place in the autumn.
As all of these events are “postponed” rather than “cancelled”, tickets booked via Eventbrite will remain valid, and we suggest that people simply hang on to their tickets for the moment, until a new date can be arranged. If ticket holders find that they can’t make the new date, then obviously we’ll issue a refund. Alternatively, if anyone would like a refund immediately, then please let us know and we will provide it, but bear in mind that once the current restrictions are lifted, the pent-up demand for tickets to “real” events means that you may struggle to rebook!
Important note: anyone who does want to request a refund, please do so directly to us, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and not by requesting a refund via Eventbrite. Trying to cancel via Eventbrite would involve you paying cancellation charges and will also complicate matters for us from an administrative point of view.
This situation is frustrating for all of us but let’s try and stay positive. As translators we spend much of our time in (circumstantial) self-isolation, so the loss of these face-to-face events is particularly hard. On the other hand, the current crisis is a reminder that we are also lucky, given that we can work safely from home.
NWTN will be in touch again soon.
Mike Hanson & NWTN Events team